VIVID SYDNEY is the world's largest festival of Light, Music and Ideas. If you are planning your VIVID SYDNEY night out, why not combine your...

Ghost in the Design - Inner Forces Driving Local and Global Architecture


2000 NSW

1 Bligh St
Ghost in the Design: Inner forces driving local and global architecture

Event Details

VIVID SYDNEY is the world's largest festival of Light, Music and Ideas. If you are planning your VIVID SYDNEY night out, why not combine your VIVID LIGHT experience with VIVID IDEAS to make for one amazing Saturday night!

Hosted within Sydney's highly acclaimed 1 Bligh Street building, which will be lit up internally, we are delighted to present to you this insightful VIVID IDEAS event unveiling the inner forces driving local and global architecture. 

Where is architecture creating its future and how are technological and renewable developments impacting direction? How is the sector shaping and being shaped by policy, funding, environment and creative technology? Disruptor models and tradition - what are the concepts of tomorrow and where are we headed? 

Bringing together national and international industry leaders, creatives, startups, uni students and lovers of architecture. Come along and discover, experience and network with architectural industry giants and visionaries! Learn how local and international architectural partnerships are forged and world class outcomes achieved. 

The iconic 1 Bligh Street building is an architectural exemplar. It sets the benchmark nationally and is a magnificent example of international collaboration with team spirit at its core, designed by Architectus of Australia and Ingenhoven Architects of Germany. 1 Bligh is owned by DEXUS Property Group, DEXUS Wholesale Property Fund (DWPF) and Cbus Property.

This is your chance to network with inspired creatives across key architectural disciplines — all sharing their expertise and providing a catalyst for topical conversation and innovative ideas. Your night will be set against a backdrop of an illuminated city skyline with the VIVID LIGHT extravaganza!

Enjoy an in-depth panel discussion featuring local and international guest speakers, Q&A, and light food, refreshments and German beer and wine thanks to the German Consulate. The 1 BLIGH foyer will be illuminated to great effect, creating an almost cathedral like atmosphere, accompanied by live classical music thanks to the Ascham Girls School Senior String Quartet. Truly a great way to experience this iconic building's grandeur from inside and out.

Our very special guest speakers include Dr Tim Williams CEO, Committee for Sydney, Ray Brown Managing Director, architectus, Chris Bosse Managing Director, LAVA Asia Pacific, and key representatives from Cbus Property and Dexus. With talented special guest MC Rebecca Gilling of Planet Ark leading the discussions you can be sure of an informative and entertaining evening. Special guest Jun Yi Loh, winner of The 1 Bligh Street Master of Architecture Final Year Prize in Sustainable Highrise Architecture will also have his award-winning work on display for the evening!

Why not make this special occassion your Vivid Sydney night out by heading to Circular Quay after the event for restaurants, bars and the magnificent harbourside light displays on Saturday 3 June. 

Doors open at 6pm with classical music performed before the panel discussions begin at 6.30pm. Limited tickets available so get in quick to reserve your seat.

Sustainability and architectural features
1 BLIGH is an ecologically sustainable development and was awarded six-star green status by the Green Building Council of Australia. Green features include a basement sewage plant that recycles 90 per cent of the building waste water, solar panels on the roof and air conditioning by chilled beams.

It is Australia’s first major high-rise building with a full double-skin façade with external louvres. These conserve energy, eliminate sky glare and optimise user comfort. The angle of the louvre blades is automatically adjusted according to their orientation to the sun. A naturally ventilated, full height atrium, on the southern side of the building, maximises natural light to each office level.

The building also houses a childcare centre, two cafés and a basement car park for 96 cars.

The large-scale aluminium sculpture at the top of the curving steps at the entrance on the corner of Bligh and O'Connell streets is by New York-based Australian James Angus. The developers describe it as "a complex network of three-dimensional ellipsoidal surfaces drawn from shapes expressed in the design of the building", adding that its brightly painted colour scheme traces the underlying geometry of the sculpture.

Awards include...
Best Tall Building Award in Asia & Australasia 2012 in the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Skyscraper Awards  International Highrise Award 2012

Major building tenants
Bloomberg L.P. - Clayton Utz - Office of the Prime Minister of Australia - Commonwealth Parliament Offices - Oil Search

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.